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Don’t Blame Macklemore: ‘Nazi Youth Hair’ Is The Preferred Hairstyle Of Pop Stars Nowadays

Yesterday, Twitter went crazy (as it often does in the Trump-era) when Jon Hendren, whose Twitter handle is @fart, made a startling observation:

Yes, you read that right: Macklemore’s haircut is eerily similar to the haircut favored by Nazi youth and today’s khakis and polo-shirt wearing white supremacist neo-Nazis.


@fart’s tweet prompted a response from Macklemore himself. It turns out that Macklemore hasn’t been sporting the ‘do for some time, making @fart’s tweet highly irrelevant:

However, his haircut doesn’t look much better. If anything, the super-shaved-down hair seems even more Nazi-ish:

Macklemore of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performs at the March Madness Music Festival on April 2, 2017 in Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Image by Tibrina Hobson/Getty

But Macklemore doesn’t deserve this public beatdown, as he is far from the only pop star who has opted for this so-called “white supremacist” hairstyle.

Indeed, it’s a hairstyle favored by many pop stars and boy band bad boys.

Like Justin Bieber, pre- and post-the numerous scandals that have plagued him in recent years.

Image by Instagram

At one point, he even had the Aryan locks to match! I mean, this image is just screaming for some Nazi youth comparisons right here.

Singer Justin Bieber attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Image by Jason Merritt/Getty

Or like half of One Direction. Known for their chameleon approach to hair, nearly everyone has had varying degrees of the shaved-sides-and-hair-swoop. Such as Liam Payne:

Recording artist Liam Payne of music group One Direction performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at STAPLES CENTER on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Image by Christopher Polk/Getty

And Louis Tomlinson:

Louis Tomlinson attends the BRIT Awards 2016 at The O2 Arena on February 24, 2016 in London, England. Image by Dave J Hogan/Getty

Even Zayn Malik, whose Pakistani heritage would not make him popular amongst the anti-Muslim white supremacist crowd.

Singer Zayn Malik arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ ‘Straight Outta Compton’ at the Microsoft Theatre on August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Image by Kevin Winter/Getty

Then there’s Brooklyn Beckham. Though he’s not a pop star himself, he descends from pop royalty Victoria Beckham, the former Posh Spice.

Brooklyn Beckham attends the European Premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ at Leicester Square on December 16, 2015 in London, England. Image by Anthony Harvey/Getty

What we’re trying to say is: leave Macklemore alone. It’s not his fault hairstylists to the stars have decided that the Nazi youth ‘do is highly “in” right now.

Michelle Honig is a writer at the Forward. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.


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